ASDAN Qualifications

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ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) Education

ASDAN is approved as an Awarding body status Organisation for qualifications within the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), and the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), regulated by Ofqual. ASDAN is also approved by the regional regulators: DCELLS (Wales) and CCEA (Northern Ireland). ASDAN’s programmes and qualifications offer flexible ways to accredit skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life.

Our courses are:

  • Employability Levels 1/2/3
  • English Language Short Course
  • Citizenship Short Course
  • ASDAN Diplomas in Life Skills – The Diplomas in Life Skills are QCF qualifications based around the development of personal, social and employability skills.
  • Certificate of Personal Effectiveness CoPE Levels 1/2/3

A study from the University of the West of England of more than half a million pupils has found that young people who passed CoPE raised their chances of achieving A* to C grades in GCSE English by 10% and achieving five A* to C grades including English and maths by 5%. The impact was most significant on those in less privileged educational groups.

CoPE was found to particularly benefit pupils who had low attainment in English at age 14, almost doubling the pass rate by age 16, with an estimated 21% gaining A* to C compared to only 11.5% of other pupils; in particular, young people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities with low KS3 attainment in English showed a remarkable 30 percentage point increase in their English GCSE results; SEN pupils improved their results by 10 percentage points and those eligible for free school meals actually outperformed their peers from more affluent households when also undertaking CoPE.

The research, led by Neil Harrison, with Professor David James and Kathryn Last of the Bristol Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning and Education (BRILLE) at the University of the West of England (UWE) was based on analysis of data from the National Pupil Database comprising more than 500,000 pupils who completed GCSEs in 2010, and included case studies from schools currently offering the CoPE qualification. It compared achievements of pupils that undertook CoPE with those that did not, taking their background circumstances into account.